I absolutely love roses. These Julia Child roses blooming in my garden are beautiful and smell delicious. I love walking outside when they are in full bloom because the entire yard is perfumed by their delightful scent.
Roses are not hard to care for, but they do have some specific growing requirements.
One of the most beneficial things you can do to promote flowering for your roses is knowing when and how to prune them.
Since posting the original version of this article, I’ve discovered two must-have tools for the mosquito-fighting arsenal Around My Home.
The first is the lantern you see on the left. It emits odorless butane to repel mosquitoes in an area of ~200 square feet and has the added feature of an actual light for night-time use.
I purchased several of these lanterns at The Home Depot and they are perfect for outdoor gatherings – one on each table and you have both function and decoration!
The second item is the Alba Lavender Sunscreen on the far right. I’ve tried other brands and scents, but this one really seems to repel mosquitoes effectively for me. I apply the emollient lotion to exposed areas of skin before venturing outside and am usually able to survive dusk without a bite.
The information contained in the original article is all still relevant, so I’ve pasted it in its entirety below.
Hopefully this quick post will give you some new ways to gain relief from mosquitoes this summer!
I recently completed transforming this antique vanity bench from this:
I loved this bench the instant I saw it. It cost me $8 at an estate sale. The wood structure of the bench was sound, but the cushion was n-a-s-t-y.
First, I removed the cushion with a screwdriver and thoroughly cleaned the wood structure of the bench with TSP. I decided to re-use the piece of plywood for the base of the cushion, which involved removing about five million staples.
Each morning for about a week, I spent ~30 minutes removing those pesky staples. That was not fun.
The fabric and stuffing from the old cushion was disgusting and smelly, so I didn’t re-use any of it.
Once cleaned and dried, I lightly sanded the piece using a 220 sanding sponge.
Sanding roughs up the top layer of finish and years of oil and dirt to prepare the surface for priming and painting. Continue reading